Piano Transportation Technique
The applause soon subsided after the first piano concerto, when this service appeared on the market.
Since then, much has changed, improved. The technique of transporting the piano over the past 100-odd years has developed at a tremendous pace, which today allows us to significantly simplify this difficult task. The page you are reading is designed to try to teach you some of the basics of this professional and reliable technique.
Therefore, before moving on to learning how to carry the piano, be sure to read the page “Transporting the piano is dangerous”.
But! When reading these and other do-it-yourself tips, always remember the most important thing: even with full theoretical knowledge on how to move the piano, there is a huge responsibility for safety associated with this process: both for the transferee and the transferable, which, although sometimes expensive, but still not comparable to the price of human health.
The content of the article
- You must be aware of the weight of the piano you intend to transport before starting this process in order to prepare the appropriate number of participants.
- An important principle: the maximum efficiency of the process of carrying the piano is achieved not at all due to the number of carrying
- Transportation of the piano in transport
- When transporting in transport, secure the piano
- Hooray! Your piano is transported!
You must be aware of the weight of the piano you intend to transport before starting this process in order to prepare the appropriate number of participants.
Large pianos (such as these 2 beautiful monsters in the photo below) are quite heavy. Such tools reach a height of more than one and a half meters, and exceed 370 kg in weight.
The smallest piano starts at about 135 cm long (equivalent to 135 cm high for a piano) and weighs an average of 225-270 kg.
Concert models of pianos “lengthen” to 275 cm, and weigh about 450-550 kg, and sometimes even a ton!
For most pianos, the reason for this weight is the cast-iron frame to which the strings are attached. Small pianos weigh only 135-180 kg because their cast-iron frame is smaller than those installed in their large “relatives”.
In fact, any piano with a height of more than 120 cm is not the best option for self-carrying. Such heavy tools must be moved by professionals.
The piano should not be moved using metal rollers at the ends of the legs. These rollers play rather a decorative role than bring practical benefits, since when used for their intended purpose, they easily damage, for example, parquet or laminate, or carpet. As you can see in the picture below, they are very small, and imagine how much trouble they can do on your floor, taking into account the huge weight of the piano, distributed on 2 or 3 tiny wheels!
Over time, while the piano is in one place, the rollers may be damaged, and when you start to push, trying to move the tool, the tool may jam them. The result is a broken piano or piano leg. Some pianos, as in the picture below, have as many as four decorative legs with wheels on the ends, and any of them will easily break in half if you are very zealous in pushing.
So, do not try to move the piano or the piano using the devices available on the instrument itself, which means that you still have to raise it ...
An important principle: the maximum efficiency of the process of carrying the piano is achieved not at all due to the number of carrying
One of the key features of carrying the piano by friends, neighbors and acquaintances is their large total number. Of course, this is good in terms of having a “bench” in case of failure of one or more participants in the action. If during work you suddenly feel that your strength is running out, then in no case should you be heroic and work “through I can’t”: it can end badly. Hernia, problems with the back, shoulder joints or knee - these are the deplorable results of such an initiative. Therefore, on the one hand, a large number of participants is a definite plus.
However, pay attention: the smaller the number of people directly carrying, the strangely the better. Of course, these should be physically strong men and preferably of the same height.
Raising and lowering the piano is the most dangerous part of transporting the piano, as can be seen in the photo below. It is for this reason that I so want to convince you not to try to move it yourself. Even if the piano is raised or lowered by 1-2 steps, it can easily lose balance and slip out of the hands of those carrying it, causing terrible damage to human health, not to mention damage to the instrument itself.
Transportation of the piano in transport
After you raise or lower the steps of the piano as many times as necessary, you will end up at the truck, which will have to transport the instrument to the desired location. Here you will need to show additional dexterity, dexterity and physical effort, because by the wave of a magic wand the piano is unlikely to be inside the car body. Well, if it is equipped with a special lifting platform or ramp, and if not, prepare your muscles (and head) for hard work.
We hope that your efforts will be crowned with success, and the piano will be inside the vehicle with common efforts. What's Next "> When transporting in transport, secure the piano
It is better to play it safe than to make a mistake and how not to take care of fixing the transported tool inside the car body.
Just imagine the consequences of your piano starting to ride inside the car on its own different route from yours! If you do without human casualties on the road, consider yourself lucky. So fasten the piano with straps to the mounts on the walls of the body, wrapping the instrument twice or even thrice, and then move off with a calm heart.
When you arrive at the place, you will need to perform familiar procedures related to unloading, tilting, lifting, lowering and carrying the piano. We hope that at this stage the forces will not leave you, and you can successfully complete what you started.
Having installed the piano in the room, it is best to put special caps on its rollers or simply put something solid (small plates) under them to prevent damage to the floor.
Hooray! Your piano is transported!
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